Just watched the rather drab game between France and Uruguay which ended 0-0, and we didn’t even realize Ignacio “Nacho” Gonazalez was playing for Uruguay until he was substituted in the second half – and needless to say he had a very quiet game.
Nacho Gonzalez – while at Newcastle – appeared just twice as a sub
Ignacio Gonzalez of course arrived at Newcastle on the last day of the transfer market on September 1st, 2008, along with Spanish U21 striker Xisco, and the rest is Toon history as Kevin Keegan left the club, after he was not even told the players would be arriving.
It seemed like a certain cockney boy, Dennis Wise ran the show back in those drastic times at the Newcastle club.
In the game this evening Ignacio was completely anonymous, and we never even remember his name being called in the game by the commentators.
But of course he was more than anonymous on his season-long loan deal at Newcastle, where he appeared only twice as a substitute in September of 2008, and never ever played again for the Newcastle United club.
Ignacio suffered a serious Achilles injury, which were popular at Newcastle at the time with both Alan Smith and Mark Viduka also suffering from similar injuries at the same time.
Ignacio is a central midfield player and we could have used him in the relegation fight during the last few months of the 2008-2009 relegation season, but he never appeared again – and there was £1M, the loan fee we paid to his Spanish club, Valencia down the drain.
It doesn’t appear like Ignacio’s career has got back on track at all since he left Newcastle last summer.
From what we can tell since the summer of 2008 he’s only played a handful of games, but it wasn’t always that way, and from 2002 until 2008 he played for Uruguayan side Danubio and appeared 170 times with 45 goals, and the club also play in black and white stripes.
Ignacio was sent out on loan to Greek side, Levadiakos FC earlier this year, and he has yet to appear for his parent Spanish club Valencia, whom he signed for in the summer of 2008.
Why would Valencia buy him and never play him at all? They probably have more money than good sense.
We have had emails from Uruguayan fans saying that Gonzalez would love to come back to Newcastle to make up for the season when he was almost a complete no-show – but we don’t think Newcastle will bother – do you?